- Hardcover: 353 pages
- Publisher: Productivity Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563270471
- ISBN-13: 978-1563270475
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace: The Sourcebook for 5S Implementation (For Your Organization!) (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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The book talks about a step by step procedure for implementing this productivity improvement tool in any organization. This tool is highly effective in something as simple as an office area to something as complex as a Nuclear power plant. We realized an improvement of 11% in productivity at our manufacturing facility and has helped us increase the morale of the workers substantially.
The chapters could have been put in a better order as one needs to jump from one chapter to the other for simple references. It covers all the details in depth, but is not put in the best possible manner.
For anyone already familiar with Lean Principles, the focus of this book is 5S, of which the English translation is approximately Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, Sustain. However, Hirano never or rarely uses those, preferring instead to use more accurate (but less alliterative) words like, Organization, Orderliness, Cleanliness, Standardized Cleanup, and Discipline. He explains strategies for starting and for sustaining these "pillars", such as a ruthless red-tag campaign to initiate organization, signboards to maintain orderliness, and 5S patrols to maintain cleanliness and to improve on what already exists. He includes sample forms and kick-off campaign letters.
Best of all, this book shows how 5S is the basis for all other Lean Principles, such as reducing muda and improving throughput. A fantastic resource that I know I will be using over and over.
Also, I thoroughly enjoyed studying the 5 Pillars and the team members have enjoyed implementing it, though we are not all the way done yet. I just couldn't wait to tell someone how pleased I was with this simple and yet very effective book. It's just the right thing to keep everyone's mind off of the poor economy, especially since we have a little spare time on our hands.